A Martin Beck Novel - The Man on the Balcony (A Martin Beck Novel, Book 3)

By Maj Sjöwall and Per Wahlöö, Introduction by Jo Nesbo

The third book in the classic Martin Beck detective series from the 1960s – the novels that shaped the future of Scandinavian crime writing.

Hugely acclaimed, the Martin Beck series were the original Scandinavian crime novels and have inspired the writings of Stieg Larsson, Henning Mankell and Jo Nesbo.

Written in the 1960s, 10 books completed in 10 years, they are the work of Maj Sjöwall and Per Wahlöö – a husband and wife team from Sweden. They follow the fortunes of the detective Martin Beck, whose enigmatic, taciturn character has inspired countless other policemen in crime fiction; without his creation Ian Rankin’s John Rebus or Henning Mankell’s Kurt Wallander may never have been conceived. The novels can be read separately, but are best read in chronological order, so the reader can follow the characters’ development and get drawn into the series as a whole.

‘The Man on the Balcony’ balances the most inhuman of crimes with the humanity of the men who must solve it – resulting in a police procedural that is as moving and credible as it is enthralling.

Format: Paperback
Release Date: 24 Mar 2016
Pages: 288
ISBN: 978-0-00-743913-3
Maj Sjöwall and Per Wahlöö, both left-wing journalists and politically radical, met in 1961 while working for magazines published by the same company. They married the next year and together created the Martin Beck crime series, famously writing alternate chapters at night after putting their children to bed. Wahlöö died at the age of 49 just as their 10th book was going to press. Sjöwall currently lives in Sweden and continues to work as a writer and translator. They won the esteemed Edgar Allan Poe Award for Best Crime Fiction Book in 1971.

”'Authentic seeming, grim, but fascinating.” - Sunday Telegraph

”'A well-told, documentary-type tale of how the Stockholm police slog away…There is something of Ed McBain's '87th Precinct' novels about it, but with less of a factory finish.” - Spectator

”'They changed the genre. Whoever is writing crime fiction after these novels is inspired by them in one way or another.” - Henning Mankell

”'If you haven’t read Sjöwall/Wahlöö, start now.” - Sunday Telegraph

”'Pick up one book…and you become unhinged. You want to block out a week of your life, lie to your boss, and stay in bed, gorging on one after another.” - Observer